This is both a shameless plug and a loud call-to-action. Voter ID laws are a direct attack on progressive voter turnout, and our voters are going to be hit hard at the polls in November. Fortunately, voter ID laws rarely apply to people who vote by mail. Moreover, voting by mail is becoming easier while all other forms of voting (voter reg, voting in person, early voting, same day registration) are under attack.
Long Distance Voter has identified states where we can use absentee voting and vote-by-mail (VBM) to side-step voter ID laws and increase voter turnout. These states require ID at the polls, but will let anyone vote by mail for whatever reason without providing ID. We’re looking at ten target states, which Florida and Georgia being the most important.
So what’s the plan?
Long Distance Voter has built an online tool that helps people sign up to vote-by-mail, and we want to give it to you, for free, to use on your sites and as part of your GOTV programs. Think of it as a companion tool to the Rock the Vote registration tool.
What’s in it for you and your organization/candidate/etc?
People who use the tool on your site (or via your emails) will be tagged with your org name and ID in our database. You’ll be able to download all of their data, including email address, home address, gender, DOB, political affiliation, ethnicity and cell phone number. You can chase the heck out of these people to get them to vote, you can add them to your lists, etc.
What’s in it for Long Distance Voter?
We love democracy and we love technology and this is our chance to see our beloved technology adopted by awesome groups.
How much does the tool cost?
The tool itself is free and always will be. While we’re in beta (i.e. all of 2014), we’re also offering full access to the data gathered via the tool at no cost to partners. It’s our way of saying “thank you for being an early adopter.” This is a great chance to turn that giant email list of yours into a list that includes home address, cell phone, gender, age, political affiliation, and ethnicity.
How do you get started?
- Sign up for an account here: https://partners.longdistancevoter.org
- Copy the iframe embed code
- Embed the tool on your site by cutting and pasting the embed code wherever you’d like the tool to appear.
Anything else you should know?
The tool doesn’t actually fill out the forms for people, because there are over 50 forms and we decided to spend our dollars and engineering resources elsewhere. We’ve had over 12,000 users via our site in the last month so far and not one has complained about this, so I think we’re ok.
Questions? Comments? Email firstname.lastname@example.org